I have a customer who needs a small pole for their tent.
In this case, I know what they need, it's a 9.5mm fibreglass pole. So we’re using a pole repair kit. And we’re going to cut the poles to length and thread them together to make the pole for the customer.
So we need to have a hacksaw, a file to take off the burred edges, a pen is always good to be able to mark the length of the pole, and then when we go to thread the pole, we’ll use the needle and thread and some scissors to cut the shock cord. So the first thing we’ll do, measure the pole out. I’m going measure it on one that’s only got a ferrule on one end and no ferrule on the other.
Now that I’ve marked the pole, we’re going to put it in the vice. I have a vice that I can use here, but if you don’t have a vice, you could use a brick and your foot, or a couple of pieces of wood between it, just something that will hold it still while cutting it.
So you want to take the hacksaw. With the hacksaw, you just want to apply gentle pressure, don’t force it, otherwise, it will splint the pole.
Okay. So now our pole has been cut the length. On the end, it can be a little bit sharp and a little bit splintery, so if you grab a file and just bevel off the edges.
There is a small indent in the ferrule, I’m going to cut the pole to just below that. We have some more ferrules. I’m making this one.
Since it’s got two ferrules on it. The others only have. So it’s got a ferrule, and then this one’s got a ferrule and this one’s got two ferrules because it needs it to go into the pole sleeve.
So this ferrule will go onto that end and I’ll glue it on and it makes that the same length as that. So that’s my three poles.
We’re going to start with threading the poles together. I use a needle and thread. It’s just easy to guide it through. I just feed the needle through the top of the shock cord and do a little knot, just as a keeper, just to keep it there so it doesn’t pull out when I’m pulling on it. We'll start at the end without a ferrule.
If the knots creating a problem and the needles not going through, maybe just put a bit of tape on it, So its not got something to catch on.
If it snags in the pole, sometimes just give it a bit of a bounce and a jiggle, so it can gravity feed its way through. Just make sure you’ve got the fibreglass at the ferrule end, not the other way around.
Snip your shock cord off close down at the bottom. Put a knot in it. That’s going to go through there.
Give the shock cord a bit of a tug so it’s got still a little bit of slack, but not really really long. Tie a knot so it won't go back through.
This one here, because we’ve got a ferrule on each end, I’ll get some glue. We have a set of poles.